School welcomes gymnast Dan Purvis

Stockton Wood Primary School welcomed Southport gymnast Dan Purvis to their school where he discussed his career and talked about the importance of dedication and resilience.

On arrival at the school Dan worked with the girls’ football team who completed their circuit training session before they competed in an LSSP tournament at Simpsons Ground.

Dan also took part in a presentation where the children had been sponsored by family and friends to complete a circuit training session with Dan which raised £994.

The money raised will be split between a sport-basec organization and school.

One of Stockton Woods pupils – Jessica Bennett in Year 4 – is an inter county champion gymnast who brought some of her most recent medals into school and the school shared some video clips of her in action during Dan’s presentation. Jessica and Dan then had a handstand competition, which the children loved!

Deputy head, Justine Clovis said: “I am going to meet with our sports crew to discuss how they think we should spend that money in school. One idea I have is to buy basketball nets for our multi use games area which would be useful for our ‘football free Fridays’.

“Pupil Voice is very important to us at Stockton Wood so we will see how many other ideas the children have.

“We also have ‘LifeSavers’ in our school and this event really supports the core value of ‘generosity’ and also supports one of the five big questions that we focus on, ‘How does our money help other people?’

“The event was great fun and all of our children from reception to Year 6 were actively involved which gave us a real sense of community spirit”.

Dan said: “I had an amazing morning at Stockton Wood School, it was a pleasure to deliver the session to hard working and determined students.

“The teachers were lovely and it was a great atmosphere. I also met an exceptional talented gymnast in Jessica and got to see her gymnastics. It was a pleasure to be at such a wonderful school”.

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